INST 313 Fall 2014 Paradoxes of Human Rights: Addressing Violence Against Women (W)

Cross Listed as ANTH312, WGSS314
In recent decades, violence against women has become a major target for human rights activism. Most people take the connection between violence against women and human rights activism for granted. Yet gendered and sexual violence have only recently been framed as human rights issues. In this course, we examine this recent transformation, focusing on the paradoxes and possibilities of a human rights framework for addressing issues of gendered violence. We will do so by comparing different humanitarian and human rights-based interventions as they play out in places from Trinidad and Tobago to the American college campus. We'll explore a range of research on the topic in order to complicate and expand our understanding of both gendered and sexual violence as well as the institutional interventions designed to engage it. Along the way, we will examine the history of human rights as a means to imagine social justice. In the first half of the course, we will read critical texts concerning violence, human rights, humanitarianism, and gender. We will then turn to historical and ethnographic studies of human rights, finishing with several case studies of human rights work on gender and violence.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 1.5 page response papers (3 total); midterm assignment (5-7 pages); final research paper (12-15 pages)
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Prerequisites: none; open to first year students
Enrollment Preference: Anthro and Sociology majors; WGSS majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: JLST Interdepartmental Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 2009
INST 313 - 01 (F) SEM Violence Against Women (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Julia L. Kowalski
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 140 2009
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